Fun of Being Thoughtful, The
SHOWS THAT SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT INVOLVES INSIGHT INTO THE MOTIVES, TASTES & DESIRES OF OTHERS. THIS INSIGHT, "THOUGHTFULNESS" IS SHOWN HERE TO BE INTELLIGENT EXERCISE & APPLICATION OF A FEW SOCIAL SKILLS; NOTICING WHAT OTHERS LIKE & WANT.
Teen at vending machine: "In this world it's every man for himself!"
Teen girl and boy sit next to each other on couch.
Teen girl: "Tomorrow night....tomorrow night! I've gotta do something about a dress!"
Boy: "You girls have one track minds. I haven't a thing to wear!"
Teen boy and girl cooking dinner together
Dad and son talking in living room.
Off screen sister: "Eddie, [unintelligible] folks are coming yet?"
Son: "They're here now, sis!"
Sister looking flustered in kitchen: "Here. Come help me then! Mashed potatoes! Do something! [good sequence of housewife freaking out]
Sister comes running downstairs with new dress: "Mom, Dad, it's beautiful!...Eddie look!"
CU Eddie whistling at sister
Ken Smith sez: "Everywhere you go, people talk about thoughtfulness." With this premise in mind, we are wisked into the life of "Jane Proctor," a happy teen who is slavishly devoted to her "fine, thoughtful family." While uttering lines such as "It'd be the thoughtful thing to do," and "That's what makes thoughtfulness worthwhile!" Jane tidies her room, fixes dinner for the family, and fixes her geeky brother Eddie up with a date. In the end, Jane's thoughtfulness pays off ("A new dress!!!") and we leave the Proctor family basking in the sunshine of family togetherness. The script for this film flies in several directions at once, which makes it fun but a little hard to follow.
Goggle-eyed "Jane" later starred in Making Your Own Decisions, super-geek Eddie (who has the best lines) appears in Developing Friendships, and mom has the lead role in Political Parties. With cameos by Sue from How To Say No, Bill from How Do You Know It's Love, and the candy machine from Our Country's Flag.
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
- Run time
Subject: Not Much Thought Went into This One
This being said, Coronet films are very hit and miss for me, and, as a matter of fact most of them do miss. And boy was this one a miss! Now, a film called 'The Fun of Being Thoughtful' could have been an interesting, yet entertaining study of the social and personal benefits of those little acts of consideration, and the long way they go in benefiting both parties involved.
But no! This is a total mess! Sure, it opens like it's about to explain the personal and social benefits of altruistic behaviour, and tell us WHY should we be considerate, but trust me, it doesn't! What we get instead is a mineshaft explosion of a dumb film whose perfectly clueless writers probably couldn't even name five examples of thoughtful behaviour if their lives depended on it.
Well, at least they were thoughtful enough to hire some well-groomed, easy-on-the-eye actors!
It is difficult to focus on the content of the film, largely because it has none. So I'll just review the scenes. After the aforementioned 'foreword', the film proper introduces us to the very beautiful young miss Jane Proctor. Pure, angelic, modestly dressed, and clearly too good for this film. We also meet her brother, a young Patrick Bateman.
Notice how as soon as our beautiful angel walks into the frame, the whole scene appears to light up with life. The drab, grey scene suddenly turns into a slice of heaven itself, filled with gayety and merriment. We're informed that their parents are not home, which is a good thing, because that means more screen time for our angel, Jane.
The telephone rings. It's Patrick's date, Amy, calling to inform him she can't make it for their date due to some illness in the family. Of course, this would have been a good opportunity to show us how can we console, or cheer up someone who's grandmother is lying on her deathbed. But not in this mother!
After a cute shot of Jane cutely humming a cute tune, we go back to the living room to find that Patrick is crestfallen. Not because he's worried about the poor girl, or her grandmother (that would have been thoughtful), but because he no longer has a date.
Jane becomes concerned, because they know they should keep Patrick supplied with young dames to date, lest he go on another prostitute-murdering spree. So her first immediate concern is to find him another victi-- date, to harness this mindless force of nature even if for a short while.
They sit down on a coach, him musing about how he HAS to find yet another girl now, and she about what dress to wear to the party. Honey, you look good in everything! We get several more inane lines of dialogue here, but at this point, I'm too captivated by young miss Proctor's personal beauty to even hear them. Patrick, rather crossly, asks her to take her stuff upto her room. "Use a coaster!", I almost hear him scream.
Cue the kids making dinner. Patrick's peeling potatoes, showing that even from a young age he was good with knives. Jane mentions how she remembers the gastronomic prefrences of the members of the family, the same way he remembers the tastes of every girl he romances. You see, Patrick here goes through girls like paper towels. She suggests he should date the new girl on the block. To hell with Amy and her grandmother! Even if their mutual friends are a problem, he's given that some thought, and amy could have them.
Also, in this scene look out for Jane in a cute apron, and how cute she looks when she looks over her shoulder.
Well, her parents come home, and they have a surprise for Jane. Not much to speak of here, except how cute Jane looks when onion juice gets into her pretty, round eyes and the cute little noises she makes as she tries to wipe her beautiful eyes.
Mr Bateman and Patrick are sitting on the sofa, discussing Patrick's problem. He assures his son that "she wouldn't feel like she's second choice". Well, I would. Also a closeup of Patrick reveals that despite his frankly good looks, his haircut is two sizes too big for his head. More cute noises from our angel as she realises her parents are home.
We skip to the dishes. Shame I didn't get to see my sweet Jane eating. Bet she'd look cute! And from this point on, she becomes even more charming (if such a thing is even possible). She laughs from cheek to cheek, revealing her pearly whites. She looks astonishing as she turns around to deliver another poorly written remark about thoughtfullness just before rushing to her room. She makes more cute noises as she finds the dress on her bed.
Sure, it's a frumpy little dress. But it takes a real angel to act so happy about it. She knows that mom and dad worked hard for that dress, and she appreciates it. God, she's ravishing as she smiles from cheek to cheek and dances around with that dress. Patrick creepily remarks how lucky yer boyfriend Jim is. But I have to agree with him.
At 9:28 we get what's probably the most beautiful shot of Jane, as she wipes her tears and then smiles a most beautiful smile. Sure, the whole thing only lasts a second at most. But that one second will forever be burned in my memory.
And with thatm and a noticably Jane-free final scene, the whole thing sizzles to a halt.
Three stars, but only because it had Jane in it. Otherwise this poorly-written mess would not have even been worth watching.
Subject: What If....
Yes a silly film, even for 1950. No kids ever acted like that. Not on this planet.
On average these parents would be in their mid 40's but they do (as one other commenter noted) look pretty long in the tooth for that age. Perhaps they postponed having kids til their financial situation was secure and were now already in their 50's. We'll never know.
Subject: Ethically Challenged
Subject: Fine for 56 years ago.
The former reviewer seemed to be taking some simple pointers of the movie out of context. In any case, different viewers will have different opinions.
I found the film fine for 56 years ago. I certainly didn't come away with the feeling that the people were boaring and uninteresting (banal).
Subject: "Do they ever wonder what future generations will think of us?"
Besides, being thoughtful with the promise of a reward isn't exactly the most charitable way to live your life. (After all, dogs will modify their behavior for the promise of a treat.) I suppose you could say that being thoughtful to get a new dress is no different than being thoughtful to be sure you get into heaven, but that casts human nature in a pretty bleak light.
Subject: 1950's "Fun of Being Thoughtful" comes across nicely
Subject: Mom & Dad.
Subject: Norman Bates, before Psycho.
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